Health boost for regional West Australians
The Western Australian government has unveiled plans to improve healthcare in regional parts of the state, with major upgrades to 36 rural hospitals.
The $20 million project, which is funded through the state government's Southern Inland Health Initiative, is likely to be welcomed by those who live on rural property in WA, with it meaning better medical services in isolated areas.
Announcing the funding boost yesterday (January 30), health minister Kim Hames said as well as vital infrastructure works, the project will see upgrades to emergency exits, access areas and nurse-call systems.
"These early works will pave the way for the remainder of the four-year, $325 million SIHI building program that will transform hospitals and health facilities in this region," Mr Hames commented.
Lauding the initiative, regional development minister Brendon Grylls said it is the biggest investment in rural health in Western Australia.
He said: "SIHI has already resulted in 24-hour emergency coverage for people in the Southern Inland region, as well as employing more doctors and nurses. This capital works funding is the first step towards upgrading our infrastructure to match that improved service."